Background Information

Redmap - get involved

What’s on the move in Australia?
Find out at www.redmap.org.au

Gretta Pecl, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Taroona, Tasmania, Australia.
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Redmap (Range Extension Database and Mapping project) is a citizen science program hosted by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies( IMAS), in collaboration with a range of organisations around Australia, which collects data to help identify changes in distribution of marine life (primarily fishes, but also invertebrates, reptiles and algae).

The project highlights species which are thought to be changing distribution or are likely to be influenced by changing climatic conditions and indicates areas where, if seen, they should be reported (via the interactive website; www.redmap.org.au). However, participants can submit sightings of any species they know or suspect to be unusual for a particular area.

Community members (divers, fishers and boaters) send in photos and map where they sight these species, recording additional information at the same time. Submitted photographs are sent to members of a large scientific panel for confirmation of species identity, and geo-referencing information is extracted from photographs where possible, ensuring high quality data.

The data recorded include photographic identification, and a range of variables including location, date, time, size and weight estimates. In addition to direct display of individual and summarised data on the Redmap website, metadata are publicly available through the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies GeoNetwork (University of Tasmania) and through Australian National Data Service (ANDS) via Research Data Australia (RDA) and the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN). Data dissemination and availability will occur via the website (RDA and AODN once published). Initially this project focussed in temperate Tasmanian waters, but is currently undergoing expansion and will soon be reporting on species on an Australia-wide scale (from November 2012).

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